The #molliestashchallenge : Crochet makeup remover pad tutorial

It’s here! The first pattern for the #molliestashchallenge. Alongside our sustainable issue, we’re running an Instagram hashtag challenge over the next two weeks, encouraging you to use up your stash and make new from old! Plus, we’ve got loads of eco-content up on the blog like our interview with Folkestone Harbour Yarn and our charity pick of the month, Born Free.

Mollies stash challenge

Join in the #molliestashchallenge and tag us in your makes!

For your first #molliestashchallenge why not make Lyndsey Haskell’s reusable crochet makeup remover pads? Cotton farming, unless organic, has a huge negative environmental impact and uses lots of water and chemicals in the farming process. Which is why crocheting your own little puff stitch granny circle as an alternative is not only good for the planet, but also good for your bank balance.

After you’ve used each cotton pad once or twice, pop them into the washing machine with the laundry and they can be used again. Use the coloured pads for removing make-up and the white ones for applying toner.


  • Sirdar Simply Recycled Double Knit, 51% cotton, 49% acrylic, 50g/130m per ball. One ball makes about four pads.
  • 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle


The finished pads are approximately 5cm (2″) across, they may shrink a little after the first wash. Just make a dense pad.

Abbreviations (UK)

  • st stitch
  • ch chain stitch
  • sl st slip stitch
  • yo yarn over
  • puff st yo, insert hook into stitch, pull yarn through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain

The pads are worked in the round.

Foundation ring ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch to form a ring

Round 1 ch1, *1 puff st, ch1; repeat from * 7 times (8 times in all), join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st and move with a sl st into the gap between the first and second puff st (8 puff st)

Round 2 ch1, 2 puff st into first ch-1 space, then 2 puff st into each ch-1 space all the way round. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches like you did on the first round. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff st (16 puff st)
Sew in the ends to finish, then repeat to crochet as many as you like.

Make a few more and hide them in your pal’s washbag, or keep for yourself in a dressing table jar. These washable pads are the one. And now that your first project of the #molliestashchallenge is complete, tag us in your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.